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Lucie Daullene; Joseph Canteloube; Suzanne Danco - Chants de la France (CD ALBUM (1 DISC))

Lucie Daullene; Joseph Canteloube; Suzanne Danco - Chants de la France (CD ALBUM (1 DISC))
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Lucie Daullene; Joseph Canteloube; Suzanne Danco - Chants de la France (CD ALBUM (1 DISC))

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Lucie Daullene; Joseph Canteloube; Suzanne Danco - Chants de la France (CD ALBUM (1 DISC))

Snow White sings Canteloube, accompanied by the composer: a rare and newly remastered album, transferred to CD for the first time.

As RJ Stove outlines in a new essay for this important Eloquence release, Lucie Daullène(b.1931) was nearer 19 than (as the legend has it) 15 years old in 1949-50 when she recorded an album of 'Chants de France' for L'OiseauLyre. Her voice, all the same, is so light, fresh and uncolouredby finesse that one may readily hear why Canteloubethought she was ideal. 'That's how French folk songs should be sung,' he once wrote. Though Daullènemade only one more classical recording, she later achieved a measure of fame (now named Dolène) as the voice of Disney's heroine Snow White in the dubbed French version of the movie.

At the piano, the septuagenarian Canteloubetosses off scales, arpeggios and glissandi with a panache enviable by many players one-third of his age. He had gathered the songs themselves from Brittany to Corsica and many points in between, and none of them reappear in the more familiar Chants d'Auvergne, even though Daullèneherself was a native of the region, making this new release all the more appealing to anyone already captivated by Canteloube.

The 'bonus' here is more familiar, but still undervalued: the first complete recording of Les Nuitsd'Été, made in 1953 at a time when Berlioz was still known for little more than the Symphonie fantastique, even in France. It was sung by the Belgian soprano Suzanne Dancowith a natural linguistic ease, and the technical qualities so prized the composer Luigi Dallapiccola: 'control, breathing, technique, and intonation … balanced so perfectly that one cannot even perceive them as separate.' Danco'sinterpretation remains a landmark in the cycle's discography.

'A beautiful performance of some ravishing music. Dancohas never sounded better on records, and Johnson understands the idiom.' Gramophone, September 1951 (Berlioz)

'[Lucie Daullène] sings with the same precision of style [as Madeleine Grey] and with much the same kind of never-never impersonality that communicates so very personally across the spaces and across the years. The sound is actually that of a not-large room; but when the music begins, the walls melt into field and hills, the ceiling becomes sky… Very highly recommended.' High Fidelity, June 1956 (Canteloube)

Tracklistings:

HECTOR BERLIOZ (1803–1869)

1–6 Les Nuits d'été

Suzanne Danco, soprano

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Thor Johnson

JOSEPH CANTELOUBE (1879–1957)

Chants de la France *

7 La belle est au jardin d'amour

8 Qu'on you n'éro pitchounèlo

9 Ya rien de si charmant

10 La fermo d'un paure omé

11 Ma douce amie

12 Petite Claudinette

13 Au berdurè

14 De bon matin je me suis levé

15 Som-Som

16 L'hiver sera bientôt passé

17 O ciucciarella !

18 Sé lo voy

19 Bon mati me llevi

20 Sur la Montagne

Lucie Daullène, soprano

Joseph Canteloube, piano

*FIRST CD RELEASE ON DECCA

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Release Date 10 May 2019
Brand N/A
Artist Lucie Daullene; Joseph Canteloube; Suzanne Danco
Title Chants de la France
Format CD ALBUM (1 DISC)
Packaging ISLETTER
ISBN N/A
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